Vida Guerra: Dangerous
6/9/06 - LatinRapper.com exclusive interview by Dante
Vida Guerra, the voluptuous
Latin model turned music artist, appears nude for the
first time in a provocative 10-page pictorial in Playboy’s
July issue (on newsstands and at www.playboydigital.com
Friday, June 9).
Born in Havana, Cuba and
raised in Perth Amboy, New Jersey, Vida was working as a
mortgage broker when a boyfriend submitted her photos to a
men’s magazine for their amateur contest. The publication
ran a single shot of Vida, prompting an avalanche of
reader mail and a demand for more photos.
Vida’s modeling career instantly took off, she has since made
countless appearances in magazines, The Chappelle Show, and
music videos for Nelly and Frankie J. We speak with Vida about
her upcoming album, new films, and the new pictorial in this
LatinRapper.com: Big news first, the Playboy pictorial
comes out today. How long had they been pitching themselves to
you before you agreed to do a feature with them?
That was the third time.
How long has it been since the first time they asked you?
A year and a half.
What changed between then and now?
Basically my phone was hacked into. They had some of my
pictures, and they put in other pictures that weren't mine, in
So you wanted to set everything straight?
You've done some risqué stuff before, but this was your
first time doing a nude pictorial, were you comfortable with
I was a little nervous, by the end of the day I was
Were you at all worried that doing a nude pictorial would
take away some of the mystique from your future modeling?
No, not at all.
As far as other work, you're doing a film this summer,
I have a film coming out this summer, and I'm doing another
film this summer. It's called Rhythm. I'm filming it this
summer, I haven't filmed it yet.
Anything about the movie?
The moving coming out in August, its a National Lampoon's
movie, its called "Dorm Daze 2". Then I also have a mobile TV
show coming out on the 16th of June through www.zingy.com,
they can get that if they have a mobile phone. Its like a
Are you hosting it?
I'm host of the show. Its basically like men nominate their
women to be a model, and see if they have what it takes to
model. So I get their hair and makeup done, I take them and do
a photo shoot, I give them some pointers. They walk a pink
carpet, someone wins at the end. Its pretty good, its the
first Mobile TV show in LA. They signed on Cedric the
Entertainer, Bernie Mac to do their own, but mine is the
first, pretty cool.
They have to download a program to their phone?
You have to have mobile TV to watch the show.
So does this mean you're taking a proactive move towards
Yeah, that was the ultimate goal, the modeling is just a
Does this mean that we're not going to see you in any more
Hip Hop videos?
The video that you're going to see me in is my own video,
because I have my album coming out September.
Can you tell us a little bit about the new album?
The album is R&B and Hip Hop with songs, some singing, I have
a flow to it. I have Paul Wall, Ginuwine, Mike Jones, Sean
Paul, all featured. Its coming out in September, its called
"Theme Park", everyone should go out and get it and support.
So are you mostly singing or rapping?
Do you already have a single recorded?
I have a single recorded, its gonna be with Paul Wall called
"Cut it Up."
When can people hear the single on radio?
Soon, Paul Wall was finishing up his portion of it. They have
to get it mixed and mastered, copies made. I don't even know
the time length on that, within a month.
Are you shooting a video for it?
Yeah, we're shooting a video probably in a couple of weeks.
One of LatinRapper.com's contributors is from Perth Amboy,
from what I understand you're going to be staying out West
I live in Los Angeles.
So no more New Jersey?
I still have a place in New Jersey, I go back to visit my
friends and family. The work is out here, this is where I have
From now on, you're just doing the music and movies, the
modeling thing is going to take a backseat?
Its not taking a backseat. In the entertainment field,
everything kind of coincides with everything. When you're
promoting an album, promoting a movie, you have to do magazine
covers, photo shoots, its all the same thing.
For the guys out there that think that they may have a
shot, are you single at the moment?
I am definitely single. I'm looking for Mr. Right.
So if a guy sees you at a club or the grocery store, how
should he approach you?
Just cool, calm and collective (laughs).
There's no hidden secret?
I don't even know. Sometimes its there, sometimes its not, you
know what I'm saying. Its just their aura and the way they
For all the guys reading, any advice for things they don't
know about approaching women that they need to take into
Mystery is always good. Keep a person guessing. I see that a
lot of girls kind of gravitate towards men that... the man can
have their intentions as to want to talk to the girl, but they
play it cool, really nice, and just walk away. The girl's so
used to getting hit on by many men, and then this one's not
hitting on her, so they start asking us, 'okay?'. That's a tip
Do you find that the figure, the look intimidates men?
I don't know. I'm not sure (laughs)
You don't think guys are afraid to approach you?
I'm pretty approachable, people always approach me.
Do you think your looks will have any effect on your music,
people being distracted by your appearance than the sound?
No, because look at Beyonce, she's beautiful, Jennifer Lopez,
she's beautiful, you know.
Beyonce started out as a singer as opposed to model,
though, that's why I asked.
I know, well... I don't know (laughs).
I know you're repping Cuba, are you doing any music in
I'm sure I will, not as of right now.
You do speak Spanish, though, right?
Will you head back to Cuba anytime soon?
I don't know, because its a mission. Last time I was there was
1999. Now my grandma's sick, she's really old, and about to
pass away. The only way I would go is with my parents, and my
mom and dad can't go because they were just there. They have
to wait like three years, somebody passed that new law.
That's it, I wanted to spare you the butt questions and
give you a regular interview for once. Any last thing to
mention to the readers?
Go buy the magazine, its on newsstands.
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